November 26, 2017

The visiting  Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, H.E. Iwao Horii, paid a courtesy call on President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, this morning, at the President’s Office.

The President opened the talks with high esteem and regards conveyed to the Prime Minister of Japan, H.E. Shinzo Abe. He thanked the Government of Japan for its pivotal role in the progress that the Maldives has attained in achieving its socio-economic development goals and priorities. While noting that the Maldives attaches high importance to its friendly ties with Japan, that has stood the test of time, the President conveyed congratulations to the Government and the people of Japan on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Highlighting on the past and present avenues of development cooperation, the President and the Vice-Minister focused discussions on expanding the tourism market in the Maldives for Japanese tourists, increasing trade and investment from Japan, strengthening counter-terrorism efforts bilaterally and multilaterally, fisheries development, and environmental protection, particularly with respect to climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts. Also discussed were infrastructure development in waste-management, housing, as well as technical expertise from Japan in maritime safety and information technology. The President further expressed hopes to enhance bilateral cooperation on regional and international fronts of mutual concern.

The Vice-Minister conveyed greetings and good wishes of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and noted that it was an honour to visit the Maldives. He emphasised his parallel views on working closely to bolster existing ties for the common benefit of both countries and their peoples.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Mohamed Asim, the Minister of State for Foreign Relations at the President’s Office, H.E. Mohamed Naseer and the Secretary, Bilateral at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Ahmed Khaleel were in attendance with the President at the call.

The Vice-Minister was accompanied at the call by the Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Maldives, H.E. Kazumi Endo, Director at the Southwest Asia Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr. Yoshitake Shogo, and Executive Assistant to the Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Ms. Yurina Nemoto.

Source: President’s Office

November 27, 2017

Under the Japanese Non-Project Grant Aid,  the Government of Japan donated Disaster Reduction Equipment worth 1100 Million Japanese Yen, which is equivalent to approximately 9.9 Million USD, to the Government of Maldives today.

In a ceremony attended by dignitaries from both countries, the equipment was presented to H.E. Mr. Mohamed Zuhair, Minister of State for Defense and National Security, by H.E. Mr. Iwao Horii, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Government of Japan.

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Japan has been one of the biggest bilateral development partners of the Maldives. The Government and the people of Japan have contributed immensely to the socio-economic development of Maldives during the past five decades and continue to provide assistance that has now virtually reached all corners of the Maldivian archipelago.

November 26, 2017

Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Government of Japan,Mr. Iwao HORII arrived in the Maldives for an official visit.

Mr. Iwao HORII was received at the Velana International Airport, by Foreign Secretary Mr. Ahmed Sareer, and Mr. Ahmed Fazeel, Director Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

On his arrival, Mr. Iwao HORII called on Foreign Minister Dr. Mohamed Asim.

During the meeting, Minister Asim and Vice Minister HORII agreed to work together to further strengthen the existing cordial relations between Maldives and Japan.

Both Ministers also discussed on attracting Japanese investments to the Maldives, improving connectivity, promotion of trade and tourism, increasing people-to-people contact and collaboration in the multilateral arena of mutual interest including climate change, human security and sustainable development.

Mr. Iwao HORII is visiting the Maldives, in connection with the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Maldives and Japan.

27 Nov 2017, New Delhi
The staff of the Embassy of Maldives in New Delhi demonstrated solidarity with the world by wearing orange to participate in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
The Embassy calls on all people in all parts of world to take action in their communities, play their part and stand up against violence against women and girls for the brighter future that orange signifies.
The Embassy of Maldives in New Delhi also calls for the prevention and elimination of violence against all women and girls so that no one is left behind.

November 23, 2017

Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim, attended as Chief Guest at the Reception hosted by the His Excellency Mr. Bryce Hutchesson, Ambassador of Australia to the Republic of Maldives, to congratulate and bid farewell to the recipients of Australia Awards Scholarships, this evening.

The Foreign Minister described the long-standing bilateral ties between the Maldives and Australia as an exemplary partnership and expressed gratitude and appreciation to the Government of Australia, for the commitment shown towards strengthening the relationship between the two countries.

The Foreign Minister further highlighted the contribution of the Australian Government towards human capacity building in the Maldives and thanked the Government of Australia for its generous assistance in this area, through the Australia Awards scheme.

In his remarks, the Australian Ambassador expressed his happiness and satisfaction on how the Australian graduates have been contributing to the socio-economic development of the Maldives by serving in productive roles in senior government positions and the private sector.

Minister Asim congratulated the Maldivian recipients of the Australia Awards 2018 and wished them well for their future endeavours.